Handling Shipments That Include Wine
Fatwa No: 383404

Question

Salamo alikom, I got a new job and I work as transport coordinator in Sweden, I handle transport shipments and make the booking for forwarding companies, I found that there are some shipments from one company that consist beer and wine and I have to make the booking for this shipment and inform the warehouse about the loading time for it. SO, is my job Haram now?I would estimate (roughly/just estimation) that 25 - 30 % of shipments I handle its paperwork contain some pallets/boxes of wine and beer.The second part of my question, in case this job is haram and I asked the company to do something else and they refused, do I have to leave it?, how will it be with the money I will earn until I found another job. It is very hard for a foreigner with no native language to find a job here and I might be without a job for few months to a year until I found something else. I was already 7 months without a job + plus I am studying so it would be a bit hard to get another job.Jazakum Allah Kharia

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

First of all, may Allah reward you for your zeal on earning lawful money, and Allah will not disappoint you. Allah Says (what means): {And whoever fears Allah - He will make for him a way out. And will provide for him from where he does not expect.} [Quran 65:2-3]

As for what you have asked about, the answer is that if it is possible to avoid making the booking for the alcohol and wine shipments, then there is nothing wrong in continuing your job. Otherwise, it is not permissible to coordinate these shipments, as in this case, it would be cooperating in sin, and helping in sin is not permissible.

If you do not find a pure permissible work other than your current job from which you earn your living, then there is nothing wrong if you continue in it. You are allowed to make use of whatever you earn from it until you find another permissible work in which you do not deal with what is forbidden or help in it.

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 373894, 186135, 140783 and 116436.

Allah knows best.

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